From Goodreads: “Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.”
It’s at this point where the protagonist receives a playing card in the mail. Written on the card are three addresses. Ed feels compelled to go to the addresses and eventually understands that he’s being called to do something – to care, and make a difference. As the book progresses, Ed receives more cards and more tasks, with a surprise ending.
This is one of those books where I tell myself to get over my hangup about teen fiction. There’s some excellent books about there, and Markus Zusak has proved that he’s one of the best authors there is in this genre. The novel was beyond compelling. I had to force myself to stop reading it each day. When I got to the end, I was at first a little disappointed. We learn who sent the cards. My first thought was: “Seriously? Is that the best Zusak could come up with?” But the more I thought about it, it makes perfect sense. Think about it.
5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2006
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